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MountainStar Healthcare Star Athletes of Week 32


Baseball

Ben Rigby, Davis (Sr.)

Senior southpaw Ben Rigby got to experience a pitcher’s dream last Wednesday.

After throwing three one-hitters as a junior, Davis’ ace tossed his first career no-hitter to lead to the Darts to a 6-0 win over Syracuse.

“I think I was kinda getting them off-balance with my curveball and changeup, and I was throwing the hardest I’ve ever thrown, I feel like,” said Rigby after the game. “My arm felt really good in the bullpen (warming up). I threw a couple separate bullpens, like a simulated game, and they both felt really good. It was fun.”

Rigby, who has signed to pitch at BYU, recorded seven strikeouts and four walks in the victory.

Softball

Hannah Peterson, South Summit (Sr.)

The Wildcats are 10-2 early this season, and the play of this senior is a big reason why.

Peterson is batting .675 so far this season with eight doubles, four home runs, 28 runs scored and 29 RBI. On the mound she’s pitched 54 innings and owns a 7-2 record with a 1.94 ERA and 77 strikeouts.

“Hannah has been a tremendous player for the last four years at South Summit. More than her incredible athletic ability, she is a tremendous individual. She works very hard, she is an encouraging and motivating example, leader and teammate. Hannah has been a joy to coach and she will be very successful in her future,” said South Summit coach Cody Bowen.

Boys Soccer

Carter Johnson, Herriman (Jr.)

Junior forward Carter Johnson’s knack for finding the back of the net has been a big key to Herriman’s early season success.

Johnson has scored seven goals in eight games this year, including both goals in Herriman’s 2-0 win over Lone Peak two weeks ago.

“Carter Johnson is such a great player. It’s not by accident. He’s the first to training and the last to leave and works harder than anyone. He plays through injuries and always competes. He has a tireless work ethic and has a tremendous tactical understanding of the game and is a such a technical player,” said Herriman coach Ryan Mitchell.

“He represents himself so well in the classroom and in the community. He is currently helping coach my son’s under-4 soccer team, he is just a fantastic kid.”

Boys Track

Heston Anderson, Spanish Fork (Sr.)

Won an incredible 800-meter race at the UVU Invitational last Saturday, a race in which three runners had times in the 1:50s.

Anderson posted a time of 1:50.26, followed closely by Springville’s Haden Penrod (1:50.79) and American Fork’s Patrick Parker (1:50.84).

Anderson, who has signed with Utah State, was just .49 seconds off the state record time set by Davis’ Logan MacKay last season. MacKay was the only runner in the entire state last season to run faster than 1:52, but on Saturday three runners ran faster than that.

Girls Track

Jaslyn Gardner, Enterprise (Jr.)

The track was running fast for Jaslyn Gardner at the Hurricane Rotary Invitational last Friday.

The Enterprise junior won both the 100 and 200 meters, and both times are the top performances in Utah this season.

Her 100-meter time of 12.09 is the best in Utah this spring, and so is her 200 time of 24.64.

“Jaslyn Gardner is one of the most dedicated and hard working student athletes I have ever seen. It doesn’t matter whether it is sunny and warm outside or snowy and cold, she can be found at the track, often alone, pushing herself to be better. And her hard work and dedication pays off, she just keeps getting better and better every week,” said Enterprise coach Calvin Holt.

Gardner was also a first-team all-state volleyball players last fall for Enterprise.

“She represents Enterprise High School extremely well. Not only by the way she competes, but also by the way she carries herself. She is very humble and down to earth. We are all very excited to see how far Jaslyn goes. Whatever she sets her mind to do, she will accomplish,” said Holt.

Girls Golf

Sydnee Guymon, Emery (Sr.)

Guymon has been the face of Emery golf for the past three years, and she’s hoping to go out with a bang during her senior year.

She’s a three-time region champ and has placed in the top six at state each of the past three seasons.

In the first match of the season this year, she shot a 6-over 68 at Millsite Golf Course in Feron, Utah. This past week at Mountain View Golf Course, Guymon shot a 5-over 77.

Guymon’s mother was instrumental in helping to establish Emery’s golf team for the 2013-2014 school year thanks in large part to her daughter’s passion for the game.

“She got her first hole in one on her home course when she was 13 years old and since then she hasn’t been able to put down her clubs,” said Kenzi Guymon, Sydnee’s mother.

Boys Tennis

Matthew Morgan, Snow Canyon (Sr.)

A two-time state finalist, senior Matthew Morgan is having another great year for the Warriors with an undefeated record.

He was a finalist in doubles as a freshman, and then at first singles as a sophomore.

“He is an all-star on and off the court. He is well respected and liked by not only his peers but also his opponents. His sportsmanship and attitude are unmatchable. Ever since his sophomore year he has had colleges looking to recruit him for tennis. He is a leader, and he has great study habits and time management skills that are uncommon for high school students,” said Snow Canyon coach Jeremy Atkin.

Morgan is also Snow Canyon’s student body president.

“The amount of duties and pressure that this student has regarding on his shoulders regarding school and tennis is more than most people have at once in a lifetime, yet he is crushing it in all areas, and still finds time for service projects and work,” said Atkin.



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